High March School tops £14,200 in a year for the NSPCC
Parents and children at High March School in Beaconsfield donated the money to the NSPCC after the charity spoke to children as young as four about how to stay safe from abuse.
The NSPCC visited the school as part of its Speak Out Stay Safe programme, which was delivered to more than 23,600 pupils at 109 primary school across Bucks last year.
The initiative is fully age-appropriate, with assemblies for year one and two pupils and more in-depth interactive talks and workshops for older children.
Primary school children are taught about different forms of child abuse and encouraged to speak out about any worries they have, with the help of mascot Buddy.
High March has been raising money for the NSPCC since 1948 and this year pupils held collections at school events, a stall at the Christmas Fair and a Book Character Day.
High March headmistress Sue Clifford said: “The children have learned about the excellent support given to children across the UK, and the work of Childline.
“The school has two NSPCC Prefects each year who raise funds and the Parents’ Association also donates a percentage of the profits taken from events they organise.
“We were delighted to present the NSPCC with cheques totalling £14,203 and we are pleased that this money will go towards supporting abused children.”
Catherine Johnson, NSPCC Schools Service Organiser for Buckinghamshire, said: “For High March School to mark almost 70 years of fundraising for the NSPCC with such a staggering donation is just fantastic.
“Thanks to the prefects, parents and everyone who donated.
“This money will help us reach more schools so that children all over the country are empowered about how to speak out and stay safe from abuse.
“It is vital that young people know the trusted adults they can talk to, and through our Speak Out Stay Safe Programme we can help protect a generation of children.”
Teachers can request a Speak Out Stay Safe visit via www.nspcc.org.uk .